Muktida, Muktidā: 3 definitions


Muktida means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Muktida (मुक्तिद) refers to a type of ācārya (“Śaiva preceptor”) qualified to teach disciples (śiṣya), according to Nigamajñāna (Śaiva teacher of the 16th century) in his Śaivāgamaparibhāṣāmañjarī. This is also known by the name Mokṣada.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Muktidā (मुक्तिदा) refers to “that which accords salvation”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.20 (“Worshipping an earthen phallic image by chanting Vedic mantras”).—Accordingly:—“[...] O foremost among sages, thus have I explained to you the procedure for the worship of the phallic image that accords worldly pleasures, salvation [i.e., muktidā] and increases devotion to Śiva. Whoever reads or listens to this chapter with a pure mind shall be purified of all sins and shall attain all wishes. This excellent narration bestows longevity, health, fame, heaven and happiness by way of sons and grandsons”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Muktidā (मुक्तिदा) refers to “she who bestows worldly enjoyment”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—Accordingly, “(The goddess) is the emanation (sṛṣti) of all the elements (bhūta). She creates the universe. Residing in the middle of the wheel (of energies) or participating in the (clockwise) rotation of the sun, she bestows worldly enjoyment [i.e., muktidā]. Established in the lunar nature, she bestows liberation and is called the New Moon. [...]”

2) Muktida (मुक्तिद) refers to “that which gives worldly benefit”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—Accordingly, “The Great Mata is above all Tantric practice. It is the Śāmbhava tradition that has come down through the series of teachers. It has come from the invisible (unmanifest) form and gives success in the Age of Strife. O god, it gives worldly benefit (muktida) and liberation and is sealed in the First Seat. It is the venerable Ciñciṇīkula present in the venerable Kadamba Cave, established (there) by the God of the gods in accord with the Rule”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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